BLACKHAWKS (7-3-1) at STARS (4-4-2)
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Blackhawks team scope
The Chicago Blackhawks have won four straight games and goaltender Corey Crawford has shutouts in two of his past three starts. He's coming off a 36-save effort in a 4-0 victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday and is expected to start Saturday. "He's been really great, absolutely fantastic goaltender," defenseman Gustav Forsling said of Crawford. "He's a really good talker out there, and he helps out and makes you more comfortable to know you have him back there." Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have been playing on the same line again, and the duo is trying to find their old chemistry. "It's been a while since we've really played together," Kane said. "We had success back then. I think if we get back to the way we played back then, controlling the puck … I think once we get back to that, things will open up." Center Artem Anisimov shares the NHL with seven goals and is tops with 14 points.The teams play in Chicago on Sunday.
Stars team scope
Dallas Stars defensemen combined for four goals in a 6-2 win against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. John Klingberg scored twice, and Jordie Benn and Stephen Johns each had one. "I think it's a big part of our [defense] corps, them being part of the offense," center Jason Spezza said. "You look at our personnel, they're more puck-moving guys so we have to get them involved. It definitely gives us a well-rounded attack when those guys are jumping in the rush." Johns is a former Chicago prospect who was traded to Dallas on July 12, 2015. He had dinner with Chicago's Ryan Hartman and Vinnie Hinistroza on Friday, but said "they won't be friends tonight." Top-line center Tyler Seguin has 12 points in 10 games, including a four-assist night against St. Louis. Antti Niemi made 28 saves against St. Louis and will start for the third straight game.
Blackhawks projected lineup
Richard Panik -- Jonathan Toews -- Patrick Kane
Artemi Panarin -- Artem Anisimov -- Marian Hossa
Ryan Hartman -- Marcus Kruger -- Tyler Motte
Dennis Rasmussen -- Nick Schmaltz -- Jordin Tootoo
Michal Kempny -- Brent Seabrook
Duncan Keith -- Brian Campbell
Gustav Forsling -- Niklas Hjalmarsson
Scratched: Michal Rozsival, Vinnie Hinostroza
Injured: Andrew Desjardins (foot), Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body)
Stars projected lineup
Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Patrick Eaves
Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Jason Spezza
Lauri Korpikoski -- Devin Shore -- Brett Ritchie
Curtis McKenzie -- Gemel Smith -- Adam Cracknell
Johnny Oduya -- Stephen Johns
Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg
Dan Hamhuis -- Jordie Benn
Scratched: Jamie Oleksiak, Patrik Nemeth
Injured: Patrick Sharp (concussion), Mattias Janmark (knee), Cody Eakin (knee), Ales Hemsky (hip), Jiri Hudler (illness)
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Desjardins may be ready to return Sunday. He was activated from injured reserve on Saturday. … Hudler hasn't played since Nov. 1 and will miss another game due to illness; coach Lindy Ruff said he's still battling a virus.
Anisimov has 14 point (seven goals, seven assists) during a nine-game point streak. … Seguin and Jamie Benn combined for seven assists against St. Louis.